Cherry Blossom is the name of a tour boat that goes up and down the Potomac River. On the day when I took the reference photo, it was glowing with the sunlight. A perfect subject to try out the watercolor technique that I learned in Jean Grastorf 's workshop! She uses only three colors--a red, blue, and yellow--in large tubes, which she dilutes to a creamy consistency in small separate cups. On a stretched paper, the whites on the drawing have to be protected with masking fluid.
Then the messy and fun part begins--you pour the colors, letting them mix and mingle. As the paper dries, you have to do this in several stages for darker values, at each stage protecting the areas of lighter tones with more masking fluid. Tedious, yes. But you just cannot get the same glowing effect with brushes. The painting was juried into the Art League show in Alexandria, VA in 2005.